Drug Prescribing for the Elderly
Robert J. Michocki, PharmD;
Peter P Lamy, PhD, ScD;
Frank J. Hooper, MPH, ScD;
James P. Richardson, MD
Arch Fam Med. 1993;2(4):441-444.
Both the geriatric population of the United States and the use of prescription drugs by this age group continue to increase. Cardiovascular medicines, analgesics, anti-inflammatories, and psychotropic medications are used most commonly. Polypharmacy, defined as a condition in which a patient receives too many drugs, drugs for too long, or drugs in exceedingly high doses, often results.
From the Department of Clinical Pharmacy (Dr Michocki) and the Center for the Study of Pharmacy and Therapeutics for the Elderly (Dr Lamy), School of Pharmacy, and the Departments of Family Medicine (Drs Michocki, Lamy, and Richardson), Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (Dr Lamy), and Medicine (Dr Hooper), School of Medicine, University of Maryland, Baltimore.
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